to park my car where it will have the best view for the day while I am on a course.

(67 Posts)
thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 20:46:05

I chose a space that had the best view, locked up and left the car for the whole day. I had to walk further to get to where i was going, but it felt right.

I'm losing it aren't I?

NatashaBee Wed 05-Dec-12 20:47:26

Best view for you to be able to keep an eye on the car? Or best view so that the car had interesting things to look at? grin

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 20:48:59

So the car would have a sea view. hmm

NatashaBee Wed 05-Dec-12 20:50:13

Well, I worry that my car (restoration project) will get cold outside. I told DH he needs to either clear out the garage so we can fit it in or I'm buying her -yes, it's a she-- an airtight bubble for Christmas.


What a considerate owner you are!

Does your car talk to you?

FrustratedSycamoreSnowflake Wed 05-Dec-12 20:50:55

And loads of salt air to assist with the rusting? Yabu. That's just cruel to your car.

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 20:50:59

this is what it feels like right before you have a mental breakdown isn't it?

Convict224 Wed 05-Dec-12 20:51:51

Perfectly normal. I like to vary my route so mine doesn't get depressed driving the same old roads every day.

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 20:51:58

There was a gap in the hedge too, so it was uninterrupted views of the sea.

baublesandbaileys Wed 05-Dec-12 20:52:09


bradyismyfavouritewiseman Wed 05-Dec-12 20:52:20

My car is a classic and I treat it the same. I hate when I can't see it and cleared the garage and had extra locks installed for it.

I loves me car.

bradyismyfavouritewiseman Wed 05-Dec-12 20:53:16

Nope sorry misread.

You wanted the car to have a good view?

No never done that.

FuriousRox Wed 05-Dec-12 20:53:17

Is the car called herbie or something..? Does it refuse to start if it's had to stare at a wall all day?
Yanbu, though. Your car, your rules. Happy car, happy driver. And all that.

Goldmandra Wed 05-Dec-12 20:54:05

Do you know that assigning emotions to inanimate objects is a symptom of ASD? My DH has to rotate which shoes he wears so none of them feel left out. He doesn't have a dx of ASD but it wouldn't surprise me!

DorsetKnobwithJingleBellsOn Wed 05-Dec-12 20:54:13

This is so funny, thank you, you are very caring and is probably something I would do.

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 20:54:49

i feel bad for my car. it's not a classic, it's a poor old fiat punto.

i think it liked the sea, it defrosted quickly for me when i got back in. I used to have a ford escort that would get moody with me for not using it.

E320 Wed 05-Dec-12 20:55:10

I always park Esme in nice places and so that she has interesting company. Not unreasonable at all ;-)

SantasLittleControlGeek Wed 05-Dec-12 20:55:23

I have a smart car and a land rover. If I see another smart car I like to park mine near it so it has a 'friend' to talk to. With my Landie, she's a v old series II and I love to park her within spitting distance of a modern land rover to 'show what a real landrover looks like'. I always imagine her having a bit of a spit and snarl when I am out of view.


Lifeisontheup Wed 05-Dec-12 20:57:32

Goldmandra That's really interesting, DS has ASD and does not do this but I used to feel sorry for potatoes when I peeled them, I worried they'd be cold all undressed. I have trained myself to be less sensitive now but still assign feelings to random objects. Perhaps DS's ASD has been inherited from me.

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 20:58:04


NatashaBee Wed 05-Dec-12 20:59:54

Do you know that assigning emotions to inanimate objects is a symptom of ASD? My DH has to rotate which shoes he wears so none of them feel left out. He doesn't have a dx of ASD but it wouldn't surprise me!

That is interesting. I used to have rotas for my toys to sleep in bed with me when I was little so that none of them felt left out - and i knitted them all little Christmas stockings! Wonder what that says about me...

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 21:00:25

no ASD.

Youaresoright Wed 05-Dec-12 21:02:50

YANBU I do this

Artemis206 Wed 05-Dec-12 21:03:48

I can understand that one Santas. I park mine next to other 206's if I can, it's so she isn't lonely blush.

Beamur Wed 05-Dec-12 21:03:58

You are loopy (but in a nice way)
I think I also used to worry as a child that toys would feel left out if not played with/cuddled, although I do seem to have grown out of that kind of behaviour..
I have only ever named one car but I have never imagined them to have personalities.

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 21:04:26

...his name's Luigi by the way. My bike is called Sylvester.

Herrena Wed 05-Dec-12 21:06:23

Goldmandra another one here who is really interested by your comment.... I've wondered over the years if I had some sort of ASD (scored highly on various online tests, had to learn correct emotional responses in social situations, that sort of thing) and your comment rings a bell.

I used to:
cuddle all of my toys if I cuddled one of them so the rest wouldn't be sad
and still do:
feel bad for reaching to the back of a shelf in the supermarket for the non-battered stuff because the battered stuff may never find a home and it will be sad (this includes boxes of chocolate and also carrots confused)

I've never deliberately left my car with a nice view though, maybe I don't love him enough!!

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 21:06:40

Luigi, is old and past his best. He may have once been a good looking italian but he's starting to show his age and get's a bit grumpy in the mornings. He likes a good view to enjoy in his old age.

FrustratedSycamoreSnowflake Wed 05-Dec-12 21:08:09

assigning emotions to inanimate objects is a symptom of ASD? my dc (with ASD) can't assign emotions to people let alone inanimate objects.

Morloth Wed 05-Dec-12 21:12:24

I talked mine up a big steep hill yesterday by telling her she was a good girl and just a little further.

DS1 now thinks I am insane and wants to know how I know the car is a girl.

She just is.

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 21:17:05

oh yes, the cajoling. C'mon, you can do it old boy.

degutastic Wed 05-Dec-12 21:21:45

I park mine next to other similar cars so he has friends blush and have been known to park in more scenic or remote places so he has plenty of space and nice surroundings. I also talk to him. Save me a seat in the loony bin blush

I assign emotion to almost everything too. I used to feel sorry for waste food as it wouldn't get eaten and fulfill its destiny. I feel sorry for almost anything thrown out, particularly unused stuff. I am going to turn into a hoarder of epic proportions sad The thought of throwing out stuffed toys fills me with horror and sadness too...

44SoStartingOver Wed 05-Dec-12 21:25:17

That is possibly the maddest thing I have heard today.

I bet you are excellent fun in the pub.

Tell me, do you put a cover over it in cold weather?

thatlldopigthatlldo Wed 05-Dec-12 21:26:23

no, luigi's not a ponce.

lol grin

I look after all her brothers and sisters on the roads. I had a Focus and so let out Fiestas, Kas (that looks wrong confused) etc. I was devastated when I realised I had been driving a Vectra for a few months and forgetting, thereby ignoring all the Astras and Corsas. I felt terrible. sad

44SoStartingOver Wed 05-Dec-12 21:32:27

Quite, quite mad.

Viewofthehills Wed 05-Dec-12 21:34:53

My Mini has to park next to other mini's. It's obvious isn't it- they're family.

BrevilleTron Wed 05-Dec-12 21:34:56

ALL my cars have had names and personalities except the Renault Megane Scenic that was named 'The Polished Turd' aka 'the PT Non-cruiser. I HATED that car
Victor is my current car and let's me know if he is unhappy by the airbag light coming on and going off when the thing is sorted eg a bath.
I have parked him next to other 75's and regularly talk to him.
He likes it.

lovebunny Wed 05-Dec-12 21:35:07

that was thoughtful of you, op. if i had a car, i'd park it where i had the best view of it. i have a suspicious nature.
however, my elephant screenwipe is cosy in a fleece in case he gets cold...i don't wipe anything with him, that would be uncomfy for his tummy...

BrevilleTron Wed 05-Dec-12 21:35:28

Damn you iPhone

Goldmandra Wed 05-Dec-12 21:36:02

My DD1 who has AS feels exactly like you Herrena. She really is quite bizarre about it at times smile although less so as she gets older. It was noted as evidence for her diagnosis.

It always made sense to me that children should assign feelings to dolls or teddy bears but it is a bit weird when DD1 is worried about how leftover food feels.

I dread to think how she'll be when she gets her first car!

Our car doesn't have a name or gender BUT the satnav lady (it's built in) is called Doris. As in Directional Doris.

Goldmandra Wed 05-Dec-12 21:44:44

Oh yes feel very sorry for the satnav lady when DH keeps deciding he knows a better route. I always picture he with her head in her hands over a table full of unfolded maps as she inwardly groans and says 'recalculating' for the umpteenth time.

I panic when I have to buy something and there is only two left on the shelf, when I only need one. I'll buy both so the other one doesn't feel lonely.

Also had a problem once sewing a button on to replace a popper on some trousers. Thought all the other poppers would gang up on the button and be mean to it...

Also, when I see two cars by themselves, one facing away from the other, I imagine they've had some sort of argument.

And all cars have faces. Even my ugly Landrover Disco.

If DH manages to park in front of me, the two cars facing then that makes me really really happy. I like to think of the cars out there chatting.

TwitchyTail Wed 05-Dec-12 22:52:37

I park next to Jaguars and Chryslers, on the basis that if someone is out on a jolly day of thieving, they will go for the posh one and leave my little old car alone.

When I first got it I used to park in the shade in case it melted, but I've got over that now.

Gingerodgers Thu 06-Dec-12 01:27:46

Hahaha loving this thread, especially the poppers gang bit!!!

Morloth Thu 06-Dec-12 01:33:17

Our SATNAV lady is called 'Stupid Bitch' or if the kids are with us 'Crazy Lady'.

That poor Satnav Lady.

Morloth Thu 06-Dec-12 07:48:57

Well she should learn to read a fucking map. grin

flow4 Thu 06-Dec-12 08:01:51

I'm starting to feel slightly sorry for my Things because I don't assign them random emotions! wink

SilverBaubles33 Thu 06-Dec-12 08:11:50

Absolutely love this thread.

Goldmandra Thu 06-Dec-12 08:23:05

@flow4 grin

CallMeTuddles Thu 06-Dec-12 08:44:27

That's a bit harsh on the Sat Nav lady. Ours is called Suzy but often gets called fucking Suzy (she can't read a map either).

When I was a little younger, I had to chew for equal amounts of chews on either side of my mouth so that me teeth wouldn't feel left out blush

I'm sure I'm not alone in buying the first teddy bear/doll etc on the shelf because I couldn't bear (see what I did there?) to bypass them and get a cuter one from further back.

SantasLittleControlGeek Thu 06-Dec-12 19:12:03

Oh, I've just remembered - I have to have the smallest cake, or the burntest/driest looking sausage roll in the shop because I can't bear the thought of it not being bought.

I also have AS, so that is an interesting connection. Very little empathy with humans, but I can read animals and inanimate objects like a book [ba-boom]

SundaysGirl Thu 06-Dec-12 19:30:30

This has made me grin so much! Thank you!

flow4 Thu 06-Dec-12 19:39:38

My whole supermarket experience has been transformed... Every tin I picked up from the shelf today seemed to have a dint in it... And I wondered if I should feel sorry for them! grin

And then I found myself telling my fellow lift-passenger that the lift was finding life hard today! grin shock grin

littlewhitebag Thu 06-Dec-12 19:42:03

Ours cars always have names. DH and i both have Volvos so they are Victor and Victoria and my DD1's Clio is called Benjamin because she thinks he is a gay car. DH is getting a new car on Saturday - Angus Audi is coming to stay. My DD2 was genuinely upset this morning when she realised she hadn't said goodbye to Victor as he is being taken away by the man who remove ageing Volvo's and takes them to pastures new.

I suspect we are all slightly bonkers. Lol

Lifeisontheup Thu 06-Dec-12 22:03:14

I feel sorry for dented tins too, so pleased to find I'm not alone. Sat nav is always called Doris at work but never sworn at or she'll have a hissy fit and direct us down a dead end we then have to reverse out off. grin

Goldmandra Thu 06-Dec-12 23:05:39

I'd forgotten about Danny, our Vito people carrier. I though DH was going to start wearing black when something unrepairable went on the engine and we had to accept we couldn't afford to fix it.

thatlldopigthatlldo Fri 07-Dec-12 21:37:58

Danny smile

I always try to park my Nissan near other Nissans (so they can have 'Nissan Chat' as my DD calls it)
At a pinch he'll chat to Suzuki or Toyota cars.
But not these pesky French or Italian ones grin

thatlldopigthatlldo Sat 08-Dec-12 13:24:03

mine has an italian accent, like the ones on cars.

BrevilleTron Sat 08-Dec-12 20:22:45

littlewhitebag you have a Victor too!
And yes I park him next to other Rovers when I can.

Glad I'm not the only one who names cars!

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